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Obama says Katrina strengthened the nation's response to catastrophes

President Obama described New Orleans as a symbol of progress in the nation's handling of natural catastrophes two days before Hurricane Katrina's 10th anniversary. But after spending billions of dollars to rebuild, some experts warn that government policies still lack the wherewithal to minimize the economic and social damage of large storms.

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